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Taiwan hits 135 coronavirus cases, some of the new cases came off the Philippines

Twenty-seven new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Taiwan Friday, bringing the total number around the country to 135, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.

Of the new cases, 24 (15 women and nine men) were imported cases, with the ages of those infected ranging from senior high school students to people in their 80s, the CECC's latest updates show.

All are Taiwanese nationals, except for one American man in his 40s. Returning to Taiwan between March 6 and March 18, all those infected began to develop symptoms between March 3 and March 18, the updates indicate.

The countries to which they had traveled before their return to Taiwan include the United States, Canada, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Singapore, Austria, the Netherlands, the Philippines and Turkey, the CECC said.

The remaining three cases (two women and one man) originated in Taiwan, with one having an unknown source and having not traveled abroad in the past several months, CECC head and Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said in his daily press briefing Friday.

One of the other two indigenous cases is a classmate of the senior high school student who was confirmed on March 15 to have been infected after returning from a trip to Greece, Chen said.

(By CNA)


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